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Arizona basketball: Wildcats likely to offer scholarship to Lipscomb graduate transfer Talbott Denny

It would be a homecoming for the Tucson-native

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Even after the commitment of five-star recruit Terrance Ferguson, the Arizona Wildcats still have a few roster spots to fill for the 2016-17 season, and a number of scholarships at their disposal.

And according to the Arizona Daily Star's Greg Hansen and Scout's Jason Scheer, the team will likely offer one of those scholarships to Lipscomb graduate transfer Talbott Denny.

Denny would be eligible to play right away and, should he accept Arizona's offer, it would be quite the homecoming for him.

The 6-foot-6 guard was born and raised in Tucson, where he starred at Salpointe Catholic High School, earning first-team Arizona Star all-state honors as a senior, plus garnered first-team All-Southern Arizona honors by the Tucson Citizen, and was named all-region and all-district as both a junior and a senior.

As far as what Denny would offer the Wildcats, it wouldn't be a ton -- as in, he's not going to start or have a major role -- but he could prove to be a serviceable addition to the team's depth.

Denny played three years at Lipscomb, and appeared in 50 games, while starting 21 of them before missing all but one of the Bison's games this past year. Denny's best season came as a junior, when he averaged 5.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 23.1 minutes.

He's not the most skilled player, shooting just 46 3-pointers, while making 16 (34.7 percent) of them during his three years at Lipscomb, and has more career turnovers (90) than assists (66).

But, he's a player that does the little things. He has a career total rebounding percentage of 10.6, a number that was easily better than what any of Arizona's guards and forwards put up this past season. He gets to the free throw line, shown by his high career free throw rate -- the number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt -- of .868, and he's a smart and hard-working kid, being named as an Atlantic Sun Conference scholar twice.

Would he be an impact player for Arizona? Probably not, but you can never have too much depth, not to mention it's always cool to see Tucson's own play for the Wildcats.

But other schools are after him too, so this isn't exactly imminent.